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“Glory to the Righteous One” (Tzvi la-tzaddik) (Isa. 24:16): The Use of Biblical Quotations in the Polemic against the Sabbatean Movement

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 5290002, Israel
Religions 2020, 11(10), 489; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100489
Received: 16 August 2020 / Revised: 15 September 2020 / Accepted: 23 September 2020 / Published: 26 September 2020
Promoted by Nathan of Gaza—a reputable figure—Sabbatai Tzvi was hailed as the messiah across the Jewish communities of the medieval world, thousands flocking to his side. One of his prominent detractors was R. Jacob Sasportas, who wrote numerous letters to his peers—rabbis of the western Sephardi diaspora—in order to dissuade them from giving Sabbatai their support and prove Nathan to be a false prophet. Much of Tzitzat novel Tzvi consists of his extensive correspondence on the subject, together with the responses he received. The rich language in which it is couched reflects the biblical citations on which all the parties drew in order to clarify their position and substantiate their arguments. Herein, I examine this significant but relatively neglected phenomenon, focusing primarily on Sasportas’ exegesis of Scripture and the peculiar meanings the biblical text assumed within the context of the polemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: biblical interpretation; the Sabbatean movement; textual polemics; R. Jacob Sasportas biblical interpretation; the Sabbatean movement; textual polemics; R. Jacob Sasportas
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Breier, I. “Glory to the Righteous One” (Tzvi la-tzaddik) (Isa. 24:16): The Use of Biblical Quotations in the Polemic against the Sabbatean Movement. Religions 2020, 11, 489.

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